Welcome to Irish Heritage

Irish Heritage is a voluntary arts organisation, established in London in 1974 to promote the appreciation and understanding of classical music (broadly defined) and music composed by Irish composers, performed by young Irish musicians in Britain to a wide audience. It is the only Irish arts organisation in Britain dedicated to helping young Irish musicians through their continuing education and the early part of their careers. See our Aims

Irish Heritage presents a programme of events in established music venues open to the public; it showcases young Irish musicians at special events and supports other organisations which share its aims in music and the arts. The Irish Heritage Music Bursary (worth £5,000) is awarded annually to an outstanding young Irish musician, working or studying in Britain in order to help in their education and training. See Bursary

You can be part of this exciting arts organisation and help young Irish musicians for a small donation. See Join us


Thursday 12th April 2018

An Opera Gala in St John’s Smith Square

Featuring the talents of renowned, international Irish Opera Stars Ailish Tynan – Soprano and
Owen Gilhooly – Tenor, and introducing Seán Boylan – Baritone and the 2017 RDS Music
Bursary recipient Sarah Brady – Soprano.

Thursday, 12th April 2018 at 7.30pm
St John’s Smith Square, Westminster, London SW1P 3HA

An evening of ensembles and arias from well-loved operas featuring highlights from
Puccini’s Tosca and La Bohème, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Balfe’s The Bohemian Girl in the
beautiful surroundings of this 200 year old English Baroque church. The audience will be
treated to performances of Gound’s “Juliet’s Waltz Song”, Mozart’s “La si darem la mano”,
Puccini’s “O Soave Fanciulla and Balfe’s “I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls among others.

Tickets: £25 each including wine reception and programme
From: St John’s Smith Square Box Office at www.sjss.org.uk or telephone: 020 7222 1061.

New collaboration between Irish Heritage and The Blackwater Valley Opera Festival

Irish Heritage and The Blackwater Valley Opera Festival have announced a new collaboration that enhances the benefits of the former’s annual Music Bursary with the inauguration of the Blackwater Valley Festival Recital Award.

The first recipients of the Award will be the winner and two runners-up of the Irish Heritage Bursary auditions that took place in the Wigmore Hall in London in November last. The three young musicians will share a special debut recital in the 2018 Blackwater Valley Festival that will give them the opportunity to showcase their individual talents.  The three students concerned will be guests of the Festival and will receive performance fees and travel expenses as part of their award.

The Blackwater Valley Opera Festival builds on the legacy of Lismore Opera Festival, which since 2010 has provided a celebration of classical music and opera that takes place in the County Waterford town each June.  The newly expanded Festival features three opera nights performed in the stable yard of Lismore Castle as well as concerts and recitals in venues such as the town’s Cathedral, Salterbridge House and Cappoquin House.  The festival is a keenly anticipated, annual event on the European festivals calendar attracting music lovers and visitors to the region. This year’s festival takes place from 29th May to 3rd June.

The first students to benefit from the collaboration will be pianist Adam Heron, recipient of the Irish Heritage Music Bursary for 2017 and the two runners-up, soprano Rebecca Murphy and harpist Maria McNamee.

Commenting on the new collaboration, Katie Rowan, joint artistic director of Irish Heritage said, “The Blackwater Valley Festival Award really enhances the work of our Bursary and increases the range of the support and opportunity we give to young, emerging Irish musicians studying in this country.  We are enormously grateful to Michael Alen-Buckley and the Board of Blackwater Valley Opera for their generous support in making this possible.”   

Michael Alen-Buckley of Blackwater Valley Opera Festival said, The Blackwater Valley Festival and Irish Heritage share a common commitment to support and showcase the best of young Irish musical talent. We were impressed by the calibre of all those young musicians who took part in last year’s Bursary auditions.  We look forward to working with Irish Heritage over coming years.”

The Recital Award will be presented annually for the next three years.

Adam Heron, a student at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM in London), is the recipient of the Irish Heritage Music Bursary for 2017. Adam was chosen for the award after a day of auditions conducted before a panel of expert adjudicators under the Chairmanship of John Gilhooly OBE in the Wigmore Hall in London on 3rd November.

In addition to the £5,000 Bursary, Adam will give a full recital at Leighton House Museum, London W14 on Tuesday 12th June 2018. Adam will also perform at the Lismore Opera Festival on 1st June 2018 together with the two highly commended contestants at the Bursary, soprano Rebecca Murphy from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and harpist Maria McNamee from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Further details on Adam Heron can be seen here – Adam Heron Bursary Winner.

Peter Sutherland (1946-2018) RIP

It is with much regret that Irish Heritage has learned of the death of its Patron, Peter Sutherland.
Full report


News Release

Patrick Lennon appointed to Irish Heritage Board of Directors

Irish Heritage is pleased to announce that Patrick Lennon has joined its Board of Directors. A long-standing supporter of Irish Heritage, Mr Lennon will oversee the preparation and implementation of a new marketing and communications strategy for the organisation that will draw on his experience of working with leading companies and organisations over the past 35 years.

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PATRONS: Lady (Mary) Clancy-Hatch, John Gilhooly OBE, Seamus McGarry, Peter Sutherland KCMG SC

Irish Heritage is a trademark of Irish Heritage Limited, a charitable company, incorporated in England and Wales
Registered Office: 36 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3QB, Registered Number: 8751590.